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Protection for disabled staff

In a high-profile case where a teacher was dismissed for showing an 18 rated film to 15- and 16-year olds, the Court of Appeal has given guidance on the meaning of section 15(1) Equality Act 2010, write Ben Cooper QC and Angharad Davies.

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Jun 11, 2018

City council faces judicial review over £5m SEND funding reduction

Bristol City Council has become the latest local authority to face a judicial review challenge over a decision to cut funding for special educational needs and disabilities.
Jun 08, 2018

Government wins appeal over LGPS and guidance on boycotts and divestment

The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by the government over a ruling that the Communities Secretary acted unlawfully when he issued statutory guidance on the investment strategy for the local government pension scheme (LGPS) that sought to…
Jun 04, 2018

Group with 44 academies to set up legal services retainers

The Harris Federation, which educates 32,000 pupils in 44 academies in and around London, is looking to put in place retainer arrangements for legal services.
May 24, 2018

Families apply for judicial review challenge to SEN policy of council

Law firm Irwin Mitchell has applied to take the London Borough of Hackney to judicial review on behalf of families granted legal aid to challenge its special educational needs policy.
May 24, 2018

Education regulator in Wales awards £1.7m contract to law firm

The Education Workforce Council in Wales has awarded a £1.7m contract to law firm Kingsley Napley to provide presenting officer services.
May 23, 2018

Judge criticises SEN Tribunal for Wales for refusal to accept case

A judge has made withering criticisms of the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales, which he said had been wrong both to refuse to accept a case for appeal and to try to influence him as to its merits.
May 23, 2018

Government spent £200m+ on inquiries but their impact is unclear: watchdog

The government has spent more than £200m on completed inquiries since 2005, but without it being obvious what if any action has resulted from their findings.
May 23, 2018

Council "did not have vires to lease part of common to pre-school nursery"

The London Borough of Wandsworth did not have the vires to lease premises situated on a common to a private pre-school operator, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
May 23, 2018

Tandem system in public law proceedings “working well”, MoJ review finds

The ‘tandem’ system of representation for children in public law cases works well and does not need major reform, a Ministry of Justice review has found.
May 22, 2018

University hit with £120k monetary penalty for "serious" security breach

The University of Greenwich has become the first university to be fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), after a “serious” security breach involving the personal data of nearly 20,000 people including students and…

Features and analysis

Learning from poorly drafted contracts

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A Court of Appeal ruling in a contract dispute involving a NHS trust highlights the importance of parties having a shared understanding of what is being agreed, write Justin Mendelle and Tola Odedoyin.

Post-19 education and SEND

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LexisPSL Local Government, with Hannah Lynch of St Pauls Chambers, considers the key issues around post-19 education for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Social value and public procurement

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LexisPSL Local Government discusses when and how local government procurement officers should consider the application of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 to procurement decisions.

GDPR: updating privacy notices

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Are you caught in a last minute rush to update your privacy notice to comply with the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? Ibrahim Hasan considers what is involved.

Reviewing your workplace dress code

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Emma Ahmed looks at the key points from recent government guidance on workplace dress codes.

DPIAs: when and how?

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Ibrahim Hasan looks at how data controllers can comply with the obligation to produce data protection impact assessments.

Older articles

Jun 08, 2018

Learning from poorly drafted contracts

A Court of Appeal ruling in a contract dispute involving a NHS trust highlights the importance of parties having a shared understanding of what is being agreed, write Justin Mendelle and Tola Odedoyin.
Jun 08, 2018

Capacity and housing: a strange relationship

The Court of Appeal has handed down an important judgment on the capacity to make a homelessness application. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers examine the ruling.
Jun 04, 2018

Group with 44 academies to set up legal services retainers

The Harris Federation, which educates 32,000 pupils in 44 academies in and around London, is looking to put in place retainer arrangements for legal services.
Jun 01, 2018

Post-19 education and SEND

LexisPSL Local Government, with Hannah Lynch of St Pauls Chambers, considers the key issues around post-19 education for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
May 25, 2018

Social value and public procurement

LexisPSL Local Government discusses when and how local government procurement officers should consider the application of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 to procurement decisions.
May 25, 2018

GDPR: updating privacy notices

Are you caught in a last minute rush to update your privacy notice to comply with the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? Ibrahim Hasan considers what is involved.
May 25, 2018

Reviewing your workplace dress code

Emma Ahmed looks at the key points from recent government guidance on workplace dress codes.
May 24, 2018

Families apply for judicial review challenge to SEN policy of council

Law firm Irwin Mitchell has applied to take the London Borough of Hackney to judicial review on behalf of families granted legal aid to challenge its special educational needs policy.
May 24, 2018

Families apply for judicial review challenge to SEN policy of council

Law firm Irwin Mitchell has applied to take the London Borough of Hackney to judicial review on behalf of families granted legal aid to challenge its special educational needs policy.
May 24, 2018

Education regulator in Wales awards £1.7m contract to law firm

The Education Workforce Council in Wales has awarded a £1.7m contract to law firm Kingsley Napley to provide presenting officer services.
May 23, 2018

Judge criticises SEN Tribunal for Wales for refusal to accept case

A judge has made withering criticisms of the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales, which he said had been wrong both to refuse to accept a case for appeal and to try to influence him as to its merits.
May 23, 2018

Judge criticises SEN Tribunal for Wales for refusal to accept case

A judge has made withering criticisms of the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales, which he said had been wrong both to refuse to accept a case for appeal and to try to influence him as to its merits.
May 23, 2018

Government spent £200m+ on inquiries but their impact is unclear: watchdog

The government has spent more than £200m on completed inquiries since 2005, but without it being obvious what if any action has resulted from their findings.
May 23, 2018

Council "did not have vires to lease part of common to pre-school nursery"

The London Borough of Wandsworth did not have the vires to lease premises situated on a common to a private pre-school operator, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
May 23, 2018

Council "did not have vires to lease part of common to pre-school nursery"

The London Borough of Wandsworth did not have the vires to lease premises situated on a common to a private pre-school operator, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
May 23, 2018

Tandem system in public law proceedings “working well”, MoJ review finds

The ‘tandem’ system of representation for children in public law cases works well and does not need major reform, a Ministry of Justice review has found.
May 22, 2018

University hit with £120k monetary penalty for "serious" security breach

The University of Greenwich has become the first university to be fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), after a “serious” security breach involving the personal data of nearly 20,000 people including students and…
May 22, 2018

University hit with £120k monetary penalty for "serious" security breach

The University of Greenwich has become the first university to be fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), after a “serious” security breach involving the personal data of nearly 20,000 people including students and…
May 18, 2018

The Government on deprivation of liberty

In an article for LexisPSL Local Government, Ben Troke, partner at Browne Jacobson LLP, discusses the government’s proposals in relation deprivations of liberty and assesses whether they go far enough.
May 18, 2018

Approaches to determining care budgets

Jonathan Auburn looks at the lessons to be learned from an Ombudsman report into the way a council calculated an individuals's care under the Care Act.

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